Choosing the right teapot

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Once you’ve decided the tea you’d like to brew, then you’ll have to determine the best teapot to get the best flavour from that tea.
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Ceramic Teapots
Traditionally most suited for brewing black and pu’er teas, this material has natural heat retention properties and thick walls which helps maintain a higher water temperature. Black and pu’er teas are brewed hotter and this material will ensure that there is minimal temperature loss and allows the tea to keep warm for longer. The ideal teapot will have a spout that narrows slightly at the end, this indicates a better pouring capability.
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Porcelain Teapots
Most often used for brewing white and green teas, the walls are often thinner than those of ceramic teapots and have a low heat transference compared to other materials, so maintains the temperature of the tea well, although not as long as ceramic teapots.  As white and green teas are brewed at a lower temperature, porcelain teapots would be the most appropriate to use. Our Bulang teapot is one of the best all-round teapots to brew a great variety of teas with.
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Glass Teapots
Perfect for when you are brewing display teas or any kind of tea that is particularly worth observing. The walls of the glass teapots can vary in different thicknesses but generally are thin. Glass is not good for insulating and does mean the tea will suffer from greater heat loss, although much less than their metal teapot cousins.  The greatest attraction of glass is the leaves and the colour of the infusion can clearly be seen throughout the brewing process. This can also be helpful to distinguish the perfect length of steeping time by being able to observe the leaves opening and the extraction of the tea liquor.
–Check out our on-the-go, glass Teabo, and Infusion Mug
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Metal Teapots
Teapots that are made of metal such as iron or silver are best used for simply heating or holding hot water, rather than the actual infusion of tea. The best quality metal teapots are coated inside with enamel so the metallic flavour does not transmit through to the liquid inside. One of the downsides of metal teapots is that they can oxidize over time and should always be allowed to air dry. Our suggestion is, therefore, to strictly keep your metal teapots to be used solely for the use of either heating or holding hot water. Stainless steel is particularly reactive.



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